The 2018 MoCo Pride Prom- This is Me will take place on a Friday, June 8th.
The event will take place at the Nancy H. Dacek North Potomac Community Rec Center (13850 Travilah Road Rockville, MD 20850) from 7pm-10:30pm.
It’ll feature Jimmy Alexander from the Jack Diamond Morning Show as the guest emcee and tickets are only $20 per person (advance purchase is required).
Open to High School students (public, private and homeschool) from Maryland, the District of Columbia and Virginia
Get your tickets here: 2018 MoCo Pride Prom
FAQs (from the MoCo LGBTQ Youth Forum Facebook event)
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
HIgh school students and their dates are welcome.
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Plenty of free parking at the Center. The Ride On Bus Route 67 drops off in front of the Center (but does stop running before the event is over).
What can I bring into the event?
Bring your best party vibes, but absolutely no alcohol or other substances. You'll have fun without it!
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Yes, please bring your printed ticket to the event.
Poke is the Hawaiian word that means “to cut” or “to slice”, usually referring to chunks of raw, marinated fish (but can also include other forms of protein). It’s then tossed over rice and topped with vegetables and different types of sauces.
Poki DC will be opening soon in Rio according to their signage and recent Facebook post (it’ll be located near the movie theater across from BGR). Their North Bethesda store at the Georgetown Square shopping center is expected to open later this summer as well (10400 Old Georgetown Road).
The Rio location will be opening this summer and has a lot to offer.
You order using a “base, protein, mix-ins, sauces, toppings” format.
• Combo (mix of two bases)
• Mixed greens
• Rice (brown w/ quinoa and white)
• Zucchini noodles
• Ahi tuna (plain, marinated, and spicy)
• Salmon (plain and marinated)
• Yellowtail (plain and marinated)
• Crab Salad
• Hijiki Seaweed
• Onion (green and red)
• Radish (pickled, raw, watermelon)
• Seaweed salad
• Eel Sauce
• Honey Wasabi
• Mango Dressing
• Miso (citrus) Dressing
• Sesame Oil
• Shoyu (sweet and wasabi)
• Spicy Aioli
• Sweet Strawberry
• Yuzu Jalapeño
• Bonito Flakes
• Fried Crispy Garlic
• Fried Crispy Onion
• Rice Puffs
• Sesame Seeds
Check out their website for more www.pokidc.com
We’d like to introduce Solar Energy World as one of our newest advertisers.
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Last night we received this photo of a racist and anti-Semitic flyer that was distributed to homes in the Kentlands in Gaithersburg overnight Monday into Tuesday.
A public video from global home security company, Ring, is available and shows the man responsible for placing the hateful flyers on doors on Main Street in the Kentlands.
The video can be viewed here: https://ring.com/share/6560877606264770635
Helton Rodriguez just graduated from Good Counsel with a 4.2 GPA, has been offered over $800,000 in scholarships, and has been accepted to Boston College, Notre Dame, George Washington, Maryland (College Park), UMBC, and UNC Chapel Hill. As you can see above, Helton has chosen to go to school in South Bend, Indiana this fall at the University of Notre Dame...but the path Helton has taken to get here has not been without difficulties.
Helton is a first generation American (his family is Salvadoran). He was born and raised in Maryland, primarily in Gaithersburg, Germantown, and Rockville. When he was around 8 years old, his mother was diagnosed with cancer. She passed away when he was 10, on the final day of the World Cup in 2010, Rodriguez recalls.
At the time he was attending St. Martin's in Gaithersburg. His uncle was helping his mother pay for tuition at the private school prior to her passing. He officially took Helton in and raised him for the next few years until his incarceration and subsequent deportation. He finished that school year living at his best friend's house, but didn't know where he'd go next.
Many families offered to take Helton in, but everything would keep falling through at the last minute. It wasn't until just before his freshman year at Good Counsel that he was taken in by the Abudayeh family. Vivian Abudayeh was battling cancer at the same time Helton's mother was, but was able to survive. She informed her husband of the situation and Helton has been with the family ever since.
Helton knew he wanted to be a student at Good Counsel after attending a football game when he was in 6th grade. He remembers watching Stefon Diggs play and fell in love with the school spirit displayed at the game. "There was also this letterman jacket in the display case that looked so tuff" Rodriguez told me ("tuff" is local slang for cool, awesome, or simply nice). "Good Counsel was honestly the only school I thought about."
Fast forward to 2018 and Helton is on his way to the University of Notre Dame. He says there are countless people that have motivated him- mentioning his mother, his uncle, the family he currently lives with, his teachers, his friends, and so many people he has met throughout his life as inspiration. He will major in Biology this fall and his plan is to eventually go to medical school to become a cardiologist.
This young man's courage and perseverance is something I truly admire. We wish him the best of luck going forward and hope he checks in with us periodically as he takes the nest steps towards the dream. Helton, you're awesome!
Duck Donuts is celebrating National Donut Day by giving away a FREE bare, cinnamon sugar, or powdered donut to anyone that comes in on Friday, June 1st...NO purchase necessary!
There are two Duck Donuts locations in MoCo. The Rockville location address is 1327 Rockville Pike and the Gaithersburg location address is 511 Quince Orchard Road.
Enjoy your donut!
Last week Macdara MacTigue, owner of Harp & Fiddle in Bethesda, announced on his Facebook page that he had signed the lease at the old Rock Creek Chophouse location in Wheaton (2405 Price Avenue).
According to MacTigue, Macdara’s Grille is preparing for an early June opening. Though the restaurant will serve American fare, the Irish MacTigue has promised that there will be Guinness on draught.
A website for the restaurant is coming soon.
With 7-11 moving in to the gas station location they were located in, Mangino’s has closed.
We were told the Mangino’s crew was given less than two weeks to move out, so you may be without Mangino’s for a few weeks/a couple months, but don’t worry...they’re moving into Germantown Plaza on Wisteria Drive (the shopping center where Lotte Market and Planet Fitness are located).
Rumor has it, it may even be inside Lotte.
Chicken Parmesan with red sauce, plain pasta with four different sauces on the side, and bread. The sauces included are marinara, Alfredo, meat sauce, and Ovi’s favorite– mushroom Marsala.
This is the meal that Alex Ovechkin eats before every single Caps’ home game– and it comes from MoCo’s very own, Mamma Lucia.
A couple weeks back, Caps defenseman Brooks Orpik’s entry into The Players’ Tribune was titled “Mamma Lucia! Mamma Lucia!” In the piece, he described the differences between playing with Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin and went into detail about Ovi’s game day meal from Mamma Lucia prior to every home game.
“Ovi always orders the same thing — Mamma Lucia, which is this pasta dish that’s like chicken parm with noodles, bread, cheese, the kind of thing you want to take a five-hour nap after eating. He makes a big display of it too. There’s no shame. It’ll be eleven in the morning, way before anyone is really thinking about eating lunch, and Ovi will walk into the dining area yelling, “Mamma Lucia! Mamma Lucia!”
David Kottler, who manages the Bethesda location, told me, “We’ve been feeding Ovi for over a decade.” He said, “It used to be about 1/3 of the team, but the Caps ended up getting their own chef over at Kettler. So we were asked if we could do it just for Ovi...and you don’t say no to Ovi.”
Mamma Lucia has delivered the same meal for every home game this season (except for a couple noon games). I was told that 39 deliveries went out to Kettler, 1 was made to Annapolis, and 1 was sent to the J.W. Marriott on 13th and Penn prior to game 5 of the Columbus series, since Barry Trotz wanted the team to stay in a hotel prior to the game. Below you’ll see a tweet about Ovi’s famous meal.
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Though Ovi won’t be eating his chicken parm until the Caps are playing back at home on Saturday, Mamma Lucia is offering the “Ovi Special” every gameday (dine-in, delivery, and carry-out). It comes with chicken Parmesan, a salad, pasta, and a large cheese pizza for just $25.
Mamma Lucia has been in MoCo for over 2 decades, opening their first location on Rockville Pike. They’re now up to six with two locations in Rockville, one in Olney, one in Bethesda, one in Silver Spring, and one in College Park (their only non-MoCo location).
I recently had the chicken parm myself, just to see what all the fuss was about. I used the Rosè sauce on the pasta (ravioli Rosè is my favorite dish), and it was amazing.
A new ramen spot will be taking over the old Boardwalk Burgers & Fries (November 2016-December 2017) in between Panda Express and Sarku Japan in the food court.
Viva Japanese Steakhouse will take over the location across from the movie theater. They’ll feature hibachi as well as a variety of Asian food (including Japanese, Chinese, Thai, and Vietnamese).
Zero Degree, a Thai ice cream spot, will be taking over the recently vacated Menchie’s location in the Sears wing. Zero Degrees freezes and prepares their ice cream to-order right in front of you; it doesn't get fresher than that.